[Ip-health] Deborah Gleeson: Australia should defend neighbours in Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Tue Mar 20 10:55:09 PDT 2012


20 March 2012

Deborah Gleeson: Australia should defend neighbours in Trans Pacific
Partnership negotiations

QUOTE:
ustralia is taking a strong stance to protect its health and medicines
policies during negotiations for the new regional trade agreement, the
Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). This negotiating position
will nevertheless undermine health in developing countries unless we
take an equally strong position to support and protect our neighbours.

Countries party to the TPP currently include Australia, Brunei, Chile,
Malaysia, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.
Japan, Mexico and Canada are also engaged in discussions with a view
to joining. Talks for the 11th round of negotiations concluded in
Melbourne on 9 March, and there’s pressure to conclude the agreement
as soon as possible.

The TPP will provide a template for future trade deals, and decisions
made in the next few months between the nine TPP countries will have
long-term ramifications for health around the world. Many areas of the
agreement will have an impact on health and medicines policies, but
there are two chapters that could have particularly dire consequences
for health.
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http://theconversation.edu.au/australia-should-defend-neighbours-in-trans-pacific-partnership-negotiations-5902

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